In a move that isn’t going to surprise anyone, Thiago Silva has re-upped with Chelsea for another year. It’s been reported previously that the two parties were moving closer to an agreement with Silva happy to stay at the club. It has now been confirmed by the London side that the veteran defender has penned a deal to remain with Chelsea for another season.
Thiago Silva Extends Chelsea Stay for an Extra Year
An Essential Re-Signing
Chelsea director Marina Granovskia was quick to praise the Brazilian after the deal was announced: “Thiago Silva’s experience, leadership and performances have been and remain very important to this squad, so we are hugely pleased to extend his contract by another year. We look forward to his continued influence as we seek honours this season and next, and more of the qualities that have led to him having such a big impact for us on and off the pitch”
Rumours have been whirling of late that Antonio Rudiger is set to depart the club, so it became evident that re-signing Silva was absolutely necessary. With over a decade of experience playing for some of the top teams in Europe, Thiago Silva’s footballing mind and leadership are second to none. He has done a fantastic job leading the defence on the pitch while proving that age is just a number through his rock-solid performances ever since arriving at Chelsea.
With Rudiger seemingly likely to leave, Chelsea’s defence will need stability, and there are few players more stable than Thiago Silva. In addition to his skill set, Silva is also adept at playing it out from the back and making intelligent passes forward, something with which Rudiger is currently tasked. Silva being able to slot into the role of the smart passing defender will ease any worries Thomas Tuchel may have about replacing Rudiger.
In addition, Thiago Silva’s Chelsea extension gives defenders like Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen another year to learn from one of the best centre-backs in recent footballing history.